9 of us set off in driving rain which didn`t let up all day Having crossed the railway line safely we then followed the Horton path to Ingleborough Most of the path follows the Sulber Nick geological fault up to the Coach Road and here we left the Ingleborough path and followed what was once the main road from Lancaster to Newcastle –
they obviously also had potholes then
We reached Borrins where we were then on the return route by a different path At South farm we took shelter in the doorway of a barn but no-one felt like digging out sandwiches from wet rucsacs so we decided to press on
When we got back to Horton we were all fantasising about hot chocolate, mugs of tea etc so headed for the café Unbelievably it was closed! So – headed off to the Crown where we had a reception even colder than our walk We were so pleased that the A/B walk had set up a record time and arrived early We piled onto the bus and stopped off in Ingleton where our fantasies came true In spite of the hostile conditions, we all actually enjoyed our day and had the usual laughs and banter – such good companions
Just our luck, weeks of fantastic weather and it has to change on a Sunday.
It would seem that most members looked at the forecast for today as only eighteen turned up. Due to the weather and lack of numbers a joint A/B walk was decided. As it turned out, nine headed off on the A/B and nine headed of on the C. It was extremely wet but it didn’t take long to become accustomed to it. We didn’t hang about, I doubt a C walk has walked so fast for a long while.With no shelter available we decided not to bother with lunch and get back to the bus ASAP. We did find a little bit of shelter later on at the entrance to an old barn but we were all so wet nobody wanted to take their rucksacks off and after five minutes we set off again. The bus was a welcome sight and we got dried off as well as we could before heading for the café. To our horror, it was closed so we headed for the pub and what a pub it was. We were greeted by the most unwelcoming barman you could ever meet who told us we were too wet and must go to another bar. Having moved to the other bar he then told us they only served cold drinks. I wasn’t surprised there were only two people in the place. We headed back to the bus and fortunately the A/B walk arrived back early so we set off to the café in Ingleton. We had some lovely refreshment in the café but a word of warning. If you ordered a tea cake or scone you were immediately asked if you would like it toasted, to which everyone replied yes. When it came to paying the bill we discovered there was a 50p charge for toasting. That’s Yorkshire for you. A wonderful day despite the weather, many thanks to Barbara, Graham and Ian for leading and to everyone for just turning up.